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Ford Reveals New, Lighter-Weight F-150 at Detroit Auto Show Monday

The new F-150 has a lighter-weight aluminum alloy body and steel frame that takes about 700 pounds off the truck's weight.

The all-new F-150 delivers an impressive combination of power, capability and efficiency. Photo: Ford Motor Company.
The all-new F-150 delivers an impressive combination of power, capability and efficiency. Photo: Ford Motor Company.
Ford Motor Company revealed its new line of 2015 F-Series pickups Monday morning at the media preview of the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The company made a potentially industry-changing move with the new F-150, which has a lighter-weight aluminum alloy body and steel frame that takes about 700 pounds off the truck's weight, the company reported.

The new F-150's light weight also enables the use of a new 2.7-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine —one of four engine choices Ford is offering with the truck. The other engine choices are a 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost, a regular 3.5-liter V6 and a 5-liter V8.

Research shows that 80 percent of truck buyers want better fuel economy, and they appreciate the properties of aluminum, Ford reported.

“We’ve done a lot of research,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas, told the Detroit Free Press. “It’s the right way to go.”

The 2015 trucks will also have 11 new class-exclusive features, including a 360-degree camera view, integrated loading ramps stowed in the pickup bed, 400-watt power outlets inside the cab, LED headlights, side-view mirror spotlights and more.

The F-150 has been America’s best-selling truck for 37 consecutive years and America’s best-selling vehicle for 32 years. Ford sold 763,402 F-150 trucks in 2013.

The trucks will continue to be manufactured at Ford’s Assembly Plant in Dearborn, and at the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo.

Click here to read about more new features of the 2015 Ford F-150.

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